A fugitive wanted for murder in central Florida has been arrested in Tampa Palms.

According to the Tampa Police Department (TPD), on April 8, Richard Jennings, 20, was arrested in Tampa Palms in connection with the July 1, 2012, shooting of three people in Tavares, FL, one of which died from the gunshot wound. Since the shooting, Jennings has been a fugitive wanted for first-degree murder.

The TPD report says that, in cooperation with the U.S. Marshals Office’s Fugitive Task Force, information was obtained that Jennings was hiding in the Tampa area at a relative’s home, more specifically, in the Tampa Palms area. TPD set up surveillance at the home, located near the intersection of Tampa Palms Blvd. and Compton Dr. The name of the community was not specified in the report.

On April 8, Jennings was spotted exiting the home and getting into a vehicle. Authorities blocked the vehicle from leaving and took Jennings into custody.

Jennings is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail without bail on one count each of first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a weapon, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of cannabis, cocaine and drug paraphernalia, as well as being a minor in possession of a firearm.


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